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Author Spring, Justin, 1962-

Title Secret historian : the life and times of Samuel Steward, professor, tattoo artist, and sexual renegade / Justin Spring.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2010]


Location Call No. Status
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  BIOG. STEWARD, S.    Storage
 Farmington, Main Library - Adult Department  B STEWARD, SAMUEL    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Biography  B-STEWARD SPR    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xv, 478 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [415]-456) and index.
Summary Drawn from the secret diaries and journals of novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, this is a reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century. An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on, documenting his experiences in vivid (and often very funny) detail. After leaving academe to become tattoo artist Phil Sparrow, Steward worked closely with Alfred Kinsey on his landmark sex research. During the early 1960s, Steward changed his identity once again, this time to write exceptionally literate, upbeat homosexual pornography as Phil Andros. More than merely the story of one remarkable man, this is a moving portrait of gay life long before gay liberation.
Subject Steward, Samuel M.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Gay authors -- United States -- Biography.
College teachers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
Tattoo artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Sexology -- Research -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Pornography -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780374281342
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